Archive | 2014

Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Rolling PDC cutter enhances drill bit life in Granite Wash runs

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Recent advances in diamond bonding techniques and manufacturing processes have enabled the industry to produce highly abrasion-resistant polycrystalline diamond cutters…

Automated well control: Industry gets ready for 20,000 psi and beyond

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry continues to push the limits of its technologies in order to access deeper, hotter, higher-pressure reservoirs. As the industry moves toward drilling…

A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

News Cuttings

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Aberdeen on 16 May. Northern Offshore and Noble Drilling…

Martin Culen: In future, MPD equipment on rigs will be as common as seat belts in cars

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

When Martin Culen joined a Canada-based oilfield services company in 1996, he wasn’t entirely sure that this was the industry for him. He had wanted to put his mechanical…

Offshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: OMV details Barents Sea success; CSB report cites pipe buckling as cause of BOP failure in Macondo

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Understanding the risk factors and what are the “unknowns” when drilling in uncharted areas is key to a safe and successful operation. Far north in the Barents Sea…

Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

HSE&T Corner: Quantitative method can guide competency programs, determine value of assessment

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

When something goes wrong, the culprit is oftentimes the human factor – not having the right person with the right skills in the right place at the right time. “If you look…

Editorial: Tools to improve performance are there, but it’s up to the industry to use them

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The industry believes it’s on top of its game, but that is far from what the public feels. This was stated by Kevin Lacy while speaking on a panel session at the recent…

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Recent Drilling News

  • 24 October 2014

    GDF SUEZ, BP discover new Central North Sea Field

    “This is an encouraging exploration discovery in a part of the Central North Sea that needs additional volumes of hydrocarbons to open up development options…

  • 24 October 2014

    Chevron, BP discover oil in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico

    The discovery well, on Keathley Canyon Block 10, was drilled by operator Chevron on behalf of the Guadalupe co-owners. The well encountered significant oil pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Shell discovers gas in pre-salt reservoir offshore Gabon

    Shell announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 m net gas pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Statoil proves new oil resources near Grane field in North Sea

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  • 21 October 2014

    IADC Cybersecurity Task Group to provide industry guidance to assess risks

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